HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pitman, McKinney rank high on list of WNC statistical leaders
Several Mitchell High School varsity football players are ranked high in Western North Carolina statistically through Week No. 5.
Senior standout quarterback Noah Pitman ranks at No. 6 in passing, completing 39-of-64 passes for 665 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception.
Pitman is averaging 17 yards per completion and throws a touchdown every four pass attempts. He has 20 fewer attempts than the No. 5-ranked passer, Roberson’s Brody Whitson (59-of-106 for 680 yards) and 84 fewer attempts than the leading passer in Western North Carolina, Avery County’s Troy Hoilman (123-of-205 for 1,504 yards).
Pitman ranks at No. 7 in Western North Carolina in rushing, gaining 620 yards on 47 carries and scoring eight touchdowns. Pitman is averaging 13.1 yards per carry and has carried the ball 38 fewer times than the No. 6-ranked rusher, Asheville School’s Thomas Good (85 carries for 650 yards) and 52 fewer times than the leading rusher in Western North Carolina, North Buncombe’s Joe Jones (917 yards on 99 carries).
Mitchell’s Tyler McKinney is statistically the No. 3-ranked receiver in Western North Carolina. The senior has caught 23 passes for 475 yards and scored seven touchdowns. McKinney has three fewer catches than the No. 2-ranked receiver, Reynolds’ Jhari Patterson (26 catches for 600 yards) and 22 fewer catches than top receiver Famous Pasley, of Asheville High (45 catches for 603 yards). McKinney averages 20.7 yards per catch and scores a touchdown every 3.2 receptions.